Since the Devil Never Sleeps and is ever alert to our slightest moment of weakness, will he take advantage of Alex's and Timmy's failure to balance their work and marriages? Will he use that small crack and give birth to destruction and entice Alex and Timmy into sin and even greater sin?
Does God discipline His children? Does a good marriage require daily effort? Does courtship end with the wedding?
Does God love us all? Will He accept us no matter how sinful we have been--if we repent and truly believe in Him, even when we are at death's door?
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Hustling into the living room, Timmy spoke rapidly, “Sue Ellen, Sue Ellen, do you realize how rich my invention is going to make us?” He stopped just short of the couch and raked his right hand through his light brown hair. “Sue Ellen?”
She held up a finger. His moment of jubilation plummeted. “Sue Ellen?”
She slowly looked up from her novel. “Sweetheart, thanks to your brother, we are already rich.” Her eyes dropped back to her reading and curled up her legs on the coral blue couch.
Timmy swished back his hair with a toss of his head. “Big deal. So what if he gave me half the money. It wasn’t even his.”
Sue Ellen sighed and placed a finger on her reading. “I thought it was. Didn’t he receive it from a trust fund on his 21st birthday?”
“But, he didn’t earn it. There’s a difference. I want to earn it. I want to be successful. I want to be famous, not only here in Massachusetts, but throughout the world. I mean, won’t it be tremendous to haul in our own millions?” His momentary faraway, dreamy look vanished, and he focused on Sue Ellen, who was about to turn a page. “Sue Ellen, are you listening to me?”
“Yes, honey. I’m sorry. I’m sorry I’m not as excited as you are. Your invention is still only a dream—”
“A dream? Is that all you think of the greatest future invention known to man?” He glared at her, waiting for an answer. Thoughts coursed through his mind. What’s happening to Sue Ellen? She cried when I first told her about my invention. I don’t get it. What’s wrong with her? I’ll show her.
Sue Ellen lowered her book and spoke softly. “Dear, the reality of the invention is only thought possible by one man, you. Even your father has his doubts. If he didn’t own the company, you’d probably not even be given the opportunity to try to develop it.” She returned to reading.
“I don’t understand you. Do you realize how many millions of physically impaired people will be able to walk when I market my invention? Just think, by the year 2004, many people in wheelchairs will be set free. Don’t you understand that?”
“Timmy, how many times do you think you can tell me the same thing over and over and expect me to remain excited?” She took a deep breath trying to will herself not to speak, but it came out sharply, “You are more excited about that thing than me.” She stopped short. “This book is really good. You should read it.”
Timmy huffed and stormed out of the living room.
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Published November 19, 2010
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